Smart Water Monitoring With Your Phone reduces costs to over 90%
The use of Smart devices like phones and tablets has opened up a wide range of possibilities with regards to developing surface water quality monitoring.
Founder Peter-Jules van Overloop, professor of the Technical University Delft (The Netherlands) looked at early users of a new near real-time monitoring App that is connected with an advantaged monitoring system in Delft for instantaneous water monitoring.
Compared with manual readings this patented innovation reduces monitoring costs by 50%. It also allows for the reliable use of crowd sourcing which raises savings to over 90%.
Mobile Water Management provides accurate and reliable registration of water levels, gate positions and water gifts with smartphones by simply taking a photo. Measuring water level and flow with a simple click: that’s all!
Mobile Water Management (MWM) is the only monitoring method registering water levels, groundwater levels, gate openings and water quality tests by simply taking a picture with a mobile device.
Prevent lakes and rivers from toxic species
Surface water quality is a pressing current concern. Lakes, rivers and canals provide many valuable services, but are under significant pressure from forces such as climate change and shifting nutrient balances which spur cyano-bacterial growth. The increase in algal blooms, including toxic species, requires increased monitoring.
However, the tendency is to do the opposite: programs tend to focus on achieving a general ecological surface water status with minimal monitoring.
So long-term shifts in the ecological water quality of local water bodies can be missed.
Introducing optical, mobile monitoring which uses surface water color spectra to identify concentrations of relevant ecological parameters, may fill this gap by providing instantaneous and reliable results without increasing costs.
Water quality monitoring using optical readings will become the standard approach in the near future. Images are becoming available at higher resolutions, which means that accurate optical informations can be gathered at very low Subscription costs.
The algorithms to interpret these photo’s have proved to be reliable in determining concentrations of toxic and organic matter. The operating system in Delft generates real-time reliable data from regions all over the world. As the number of measurements is no longer a cost issue, spatial variations and time series can be easily derived.
This enables water quality managers to build up a much better understanding of actual developments in local water quality, so interventions to improve the local situation will become much more effective.
Mobile Water Management – Delft